The Sunshine House Children’s Advocacy Center hosted its annual Legislator Recognition Luncheon during its Annual Meeting held in Swainsboro on Monday, July 17.
by Emanuel County Live | July 27, 2005 12:00 am
Sen. Jack Hill was speaker for the event. Introduced by Rep. Butch Parrish, Sen. Hill reported on actions taken during the past legislative session that will positively impact children and families in Georgia. Sen. Hill included both education measures and steps to improve child protection and children in the foster care system.
Sen. Tommie Williams was recognized for his new leadership position as Senate majority leader. He also addressed the group and commented further on the challenges to keeping children and communities safe from predators. All three legislators commended those present for their support of the regional children’s advocacy and the ability to combine local and private funding to access state and federal dollars to supply specialized services for sexually abused children. Rep. Parrish is a Sunshine House board member. Legislators were thanked for their bipartisan support of services for children in rural Georgia.
Following a video presentation on highlights of the 2004 year, The Sunshine House presented awards in six categories. The award for “Corporate Supporter of the Year” went to Crider Poultry, Inc. for its two-year support of the annual skeet shoot that benefits The Sunshine House medical program. Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Ennis Bragg Sr. for his many hours of technical assistance with the medical component, videoconferencing site and general technical and computer support. The Professional Leadership Award for support of the multidisciplinary team process was presented to Mary Mitchell of the Office of the District Attorney.
The Donor of the Year Award went to 6-year-old Jessica McCloud of Swainsboro for raising her contribution with sales from her lemonade stand. By taking “a little” from her savings, she was able to present The Sunshine House with $10. Her contribution is being used to kick off a three-year “friends” campaign to solicit $10 gifts from “Friends of The Sunshine House.” Her 2005 project, a tea party at Calvary Methodist Church in Swainsboro, raised more than $2,000.
The Child Advocate Award, presented last year to Mary Perdue, was awarded to Mrs. Josephine Parrish of Candler County for her lifetime of commitment and service to children in her community and across the state. Mrs. Parrish chairs the Candler County Child Abuse Protocol Committee and has served as a member of the board of directors of The Sunshine House for nearly a decade.
The meeting was sponsored by area banks including Citizens Bank of Swainsboro, First National Bank of Swainsboro, Durden Banking Company, BB&T of Metter and Pineland State Bank of Metter.